Espalier apples

The 5 espalier Anna apple trees are looking good! They really compliment the walkway that runs from the back to the front yard and what’s great is that they don’t take up much space and underneath we can grow low growing vegetables.

The guys made a few new raised beds where the lodge pole trellis used to be, spending a few hours preparing the soil and adding lots of compost. They also will be planting an “orchard patch” of dwarf fruit trees near the animal enclosure.   The guys are trying to do as much work outside as possible since there’s rain on the forecast Friday and continuing to at least Tuesday!

This year we’ll add a few more blueberries, blackberries, mulberry bushes and dwarf fruit trees into the landscape. I know, where on earth are we going to put them? Funny thing is that we somehow find room.

We are getting close folks! Part I of the new website will be published on either Monday or Tuesday of next week. Stay tuned.


Produce has been losing vitamins and minerals over the past half-century

The fruits and vegetables that our parents ate when they were growing up were more nutritious than the ones we’ll serve our children tonight. On average, the produce we grow in the United States has lower levels of several vitamins and minerals today than it did 50 to 60 years ago
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Big and Blue in the USA

We’ve sunk so much of our national wealth into a particular way of doing things that we’re psychologically compelled to defend it even if it drives us crazy and kills us.
… The physical arrangements for daily living will have to be revised and re-ordered accordingly. We’re going to have to return to traditional human habitats: towns, villages, cities, and agricultural landscapes. We will have to walk out of necessity, or at least ride some places with other people. We may be too busy to indulge in the blandishments of television and the other entertainment narcotics we’ve become addicted to, and even the Internet may be made irrelevant in a world of regular brownouts. We may have to grow more of our food closer to home and do some of the physical work ourselves. As far as I know, there is no such thing as a Cheez Doodle bush. We are going to be living a lot more locally and thrown on our own resources.
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Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. ~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963

PTF will be out & about town this month of April participating in the many community Earth Day events. We hope that you stop by our booth and join us in
our commitment to save our planet now and for future generations.
Visit our NEW online calendar to find out where we’ll be.

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  1. claire says:

    more rain? ha, you seem to like it? really you should move here then. . .oh no, not more rain!!
    i love the espallier apples, they may find a place in my garden eventually, I have soft fruit to put in this year, there becomes less space for grass and flowers and more for food, it all looks good to me.

  2. Anais says:

    Yes, we LOVE rain here in this parched Western climate. Come summer when things are dry, hot, smoggy and dusty rain in winter and spring is such a blessings!

    Guess what, more rain! A huge storm is expected on Monday and into Wednesday. April showers bring May flowers! 😉

    Espalliers are great for small gardens. We are tempted to buy a few more for spaces where growing is tight.

    Happy spring!